Cardinal Gibbons High School is excited to announce that JP Gregory will join the staff in November as the school's new Director of Institutional Advancement. Gregory, previously Associate Director of Regional Advancement at Marymount University in Arlington VA, comes to Cardinal Gibbons as an experienced fundraiser and with a strong commitment to Catholic education.
Gregory has an outstanding fundraising background, Principal Jason Curtis said and added: "We were impressed by his passion for and commitment to Catholic education and his proven track record in developing relationships in Catholic educational institutions. He fully appreciates Gibbons' mission and will bring a wonderful combination of experience and enthusiasm to our leadership team."
Gregory, a native of Dayton Ohio, graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in history and broadcast and electronic communication. He has held key Advancement and Admissions positions at several educational institutions, including Marymount University and the University of Dayton. He also secured funding and launched an entrepreneurial startup in the education market focused on college visits.
In those positions, Gregory has had experience securing investments for educational institutions. He has also implemented innovative strategies, managed a large portfolio of major donors, developed relationships with supporters, and engaged with students, alumni, and parents, as well as with civic, community, government, and business leaders.
As Cardinal Gibbons continues to expand and offer unparalleled programs, so too does the need to grow its endowment, enabling the school to continue its tradition of excellence, noted Principal Curtis. He added, "Ensuring that Catholic education is affordable and accessible to all families is a responsibility of this generation of Catholic school leaders, and JP is committed to making this happen through the growth of our school's endowment."
Gregory, Curtis said, is the right person at the right time to help us reach the next level in our school's fundraising efforts.
When asked what drew him to Cardinal Gibbons Gregory said: "I've spent almost my entire life in Catholic education...At Marquette University we always stressed the four pillars of faith, excellence, leadership, and service. I love that the mission of Cardinal Gibbons High School – to form men and women of faith, service, and leadership in church and community - resembles those pillars... "
Gregory spent time with Gibbons leaders, met with members of the Advancement team, spoke with educators, chatted with parents, heard from students... and celebrated Mass with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. After doing so Gregory added: "I was convinced Cardinal Gibbons High School truly is living out its mission... It also was inspiring to experience the community in action and clear to see why Gibbons is such a special place."
In his new position, Gregory will oversee the Advancement Office and work in partnership with the Athletics Department and with Dean Monroe, the new Director of Athletic Leadership and Legacy, in establishing and developing relationships to secure philanthropic support for Gibbons. As for his plans, Gregory said that he would be working with the administration, the Advancement team, and the Board of Trustees to ensure that they would align with the school's strategic plans.
Curtis said he is pleased to welcome Gregory, and his wife Maggie, to the Gibbons family.